In the coming weeks, some applications may disappear from the App Store. Indeed, as reported by the site The Verge, many developers have received an email from Apple, asking them to update their applications. The firm gives a period of 30 days to the developers concerned, after which it can remove outdated applications from the iOS store.
In the message sent by Apple to the developers, the company indicates that the application has not been “updated in a considerable amount of time”. “You can keep this app available for new users to discover and download from the App Store by submitting an update for review in 30 days”we also read in this message.
” I feel sick. Apple just emailed me saying they are removing my free game Motivoto because it is over 2 years old. This is part of their app improvement system. It’s not cool. Console games from 2000 are still available for sale », complains @protopop one of the developers who received this message from Apple on Twitter. For him, this measure is an unfair barrier for independent developers.
I feel sick. Apple just sent me an email saying they’re removing my free game Motivoto because its more than 2 years old.
It’s part of their App improvement system.
This is not cool. Console games from 2000 are still available for sale.
This is an unfair barrier to indie devs. pic.twitter.com/7XNcLfiEcR
— Protopop Games (@protopop) April 23, 2022
A developer also complains that Apple is threatening to pull several games from the App Store. She explains that her games are finished products, finished works of art from a few years ago.
.@apple is removing a few of my old games b/c they have “not been updated in a significant amount of time”
Games can exist as completed objects! These free projects aren’t suitable for updates or a live service model, they’re finished artworks from years ago. pic.twitter.com/iflH70j7q4
— emilia ✨ (@lazerwalker) April 23, 2022
“It’s not viable for me to spend several days updating each of the few small free games I built in ~2014”she wrote in another tweet.
In a page dedicated to these App Store improvements, Apple does mention the requirement that developers regularly update their apps.
“To make it easier for customers to find apps that suit their needs, we want to make sure the apps available on the App Store are functional and up-to-date. We are implementing an ongoing app review process, removing apps that no longer work as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are out of date”, we read on the website of the Cupertino company. But it is not clear after how long an iOS application can be considered obsolete if it has not received updates.
Google is also cleaning up on Android (but gives specific criteria)
Note that Apple is doing this cleaning while recently, Google also announced that it will crack down on obsolete applications on the Android Play Store. However, the Mountain View firm has indicated more specific criteria.
Indeed, Google requires that applications offered on Android target a recent API level. And according to the company, this measure aims to better secure the platform.
“The reason behind this is simple. Users with the latest devices or those completely caught up in Android updates expect to realize the full potential of all the privacy and security protections Android has to offer. Expanding our target-level API requirements will prevent users from installing older apps that may not have these protections”Google explained in its announcement.